Virtual conference

Alaska Trails is hosting a virtual conference this week | Alaska News

The Alaska Trail Initiative is hosting a virtual conference this week, Wednesday through Friday. The conference, which will be held on Zoom, will begin on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

The three-day webinar covers a range of trail users and uses, from mountain bike trail design to conservation to updates on trail funding in the INHA’s capital budget. State of Alaska.

Alaska State Parks Superintendent Ricky Gease will provide an update on the comprehensive statewide outdoor recreation plan. There will also be updates on trail projects across the state. Relevant to Fairbanks, one session, which is open to public participation, will focus on the Alaska Long Trail.

The proposed route would be from Seward to Fairbanks, over 500 miles. The session, which will take place Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., aims to deepen the planning work that has already been done by brainstorming with local people along the proposed route. The work, according to a description of the season, “will start the process of bringing together diverse stakeholders to brainstorm, discuss, and identify gaps, routes, and uses of the Alaska Long Trail.”

Presenters include representatives from several different trail organizations, state and federal agencies, and environmental organizations.